Town Regeneration officers are to be appointed in every local authority in Ireland as part of a €376m package announced in this week’s budget.
In addition there will be a further roll out of remote working facilities, €200 million to expand all rural schemes such as Town and Village Renewal, CLÁR, Outdoor Recreation, LEADER and Rural Regeneration and Development Fund, new fund for the upgrade of community centres.
Minister for Rural and Community Development, Heather Humphreys TD, and Minister of State, Joe O’Brien TD, yesterday announced the Budget package worth €376 million for 2022.
Dr Bláithín Gallagher – Constituency Spokesperson and National Coordinator of the Green Party/An Comhaontas Glas said:
“The provisions for Rural Ireland in the budget show that the Government has learnt the lessons from Covid regarding the importance of community solidarity in times of crisis. The various strands of this package of funding are designed to: protect disadvantaged and marginalised groups; encourage remote working, through the establishment of a national hub network; deliver accessible and well-equipped community centres; create vibrant town and village centres; and promote the further development of walkways, cycle-ways and greenways. We particularly welcome the funding for Town Regeneration Officers. These are just some of the measures in a progressive budget which will see many benefits to people across the country, including for example, our young people who will benefit from the proposed half price travel. All in all great news for the North West and Rural Ireland in general.”